The Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-7 tonight in an 18-inning marathon. Ironically, Phillies starter Ethan Martin was pulled after just two-thirds of an inning after a rough start, leaving it to the bullpen the rest of the way, which would turn out to be 17 and 1/3 innings. At the end of it all, the Phillies would lose in a game that lasted seven hours.
Ethan Martin started off the first inning by getting two quick outs, and got within one strike of getting out of the inning. Paul Goldschmidt, however, battled back from a 1-2 count with a great at-bat, and drew a walk. The next batter, Martin Prado, was again just one strike away from being the third out with a 3-2 count, but Martin hung a fastball that Prado drove out of the park for a 2-0 Arizona lead. Martin then walked Aaron Hill, and Gerardo Parra got on with a base hit.
Wil Nieves singled to center to drive in Hill for the third Arizona run. Martin then walked Cliff Pennington, and at that point, Ryne Sandberg had seen enough, pulling Martin after just 44 pitches and two-thirds of an inning with the opposing pitcher coming to the plate. Multiple times, Martin was one strike away from getting out of the inning, but was not able to come through. Luis Garcia replaced Martin and got out of the inning.
Arizona added single runs in the second, third and fifth innings, to take a 6-0 lead before the Phillies could even register a hit against Arizona starter Randall Delgado. He did not allow a hit through four innings, but Carlos Ruiz, the first batter of the fifth, drove a fastball deep into the stands in left field, making it a 6-1 game. Arizona added their seventh run off of Zach Miner in the sixth on an Adam Eaton RBI single.
Then the Phillies began the comeback. In the bottom of the sixth, Roger Bernadina would get his first hit in a Phillies uniform, a solo home run to center field. Jimmy Rollins got on base with a double, moved up to third, and scored on a wild pitch to make it a 7-3 game after six innings.
In the home half of the eighth, Utley brought home Roger Bernadina with a sacrifice fly, and Carlos Ruiz singled home Jimmy Rollins to cut it to a 7-5 lead. With Ruiz on first base, the red-hot Darin Ruf came to the plate and smacked his 11th home run of the year, his ninth in the month of August alone, to tie the game 7-7. The Phillies were down 6-0 and 7-1 at separate points in this game, and came back to tie it.
After the eighth, both bullpens were able to keep the opposing team off the board for ten innings. For the Phillies, Jonathan Papelbon, Jake Diekmann, and Tyler Cloyd would pitch very well in the late and extra innings. Arizona got quality pitching from Josh Collmenter, Eury De La Rosa, Chaz Roe, Brad Ziegler, and Trevor Cahill.
The Phillies ran out of pitchers, and were required to use outfielder Casper Wells as a pitcher. Wells, a former pitcher in college, would take the loss in tonight’s marathon, giving up five runs. He got two outs in the 18th, then gave up five runs. Infielder John McDonald got the last out in the 18th.
As for the starters, who turned into an afterthought in this game, Ethan Martin had a very short outing this evening, and was perhaps pulled prematurely. He lasted just 2/3 of an inning, allowing three hits, three earned runs, three walks, and struck out one batter. Randall Delgado had a decent start for the Diamondbacks, lasting six innings, allowing three hits, three earned runs, one walk, and striking out six. Delgado also didn’t allow a hit until the top of the fifth inning.
Domonic Brown left tonight’s game after just one at-bat with heel discomfort. However, it is being reported that Brown’s injury is not too serious, and should not warrant a trip to a disabled list. Brown is considered day-to-day for now.
With tonight’s loss, the Phillies drop to 58-71 on the season, and the Diamondbacks move to 66-62. With the seven-hour game ending after two AM, both teams will have to play again in just over 12 hours. The game was the longest game in Arizona Diamondbacks history.
Arizona – Adam Eaton, Left Field: 4-10, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, game winning RBI
Arizona – Tony Campana, Center Field: 1-5, game winning run, five walks
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